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DOT: Slow down and be careful in construction zones

The DOT wants you to slow down and be careful in construction zones after a deadly work zone crash Monday.

We told you Monday night about that fiery crash that killed three people and injured two others in Irwin County, Monday afternoon.

Troopers say a tractor trailer slammed into seven vehicles that had slowed or stopped in a construction zone on Highway 125.

Troopers say that speed played a factor in that crash.

And today, Officials want you to know to be especially careful and attentive when driving through work zones.

After an 8 car chain reaction crash killed 3 people, officials are warning drivers to take caution in road construction areas.

"In the area there is a lot of equipment, a lot of opportunity for an accidents if you are not paying attention," says Craig Solomon, Georgia DOT Communication Officer.

DOT spokesman Craig Solomon says contractors have guidelines to follow about putting advanced warning signs up.

"We warn you a head of time that you are coming into a construction zone and speed limit is going to be reduced, within the construction zone we have warning signs that tell you, you are in a work zone and you need to slow down," says Solomon.

He says accidents in construction areas are mostly caused by drivers not paying attention.

Which is why bright colored signs and apparel are used to make people aware.

"To draw that extra amount of attention that is needed in those work zones," says Steven Belcher, Stantec Consulting Employee.

Drivers need to be careful for their safety and the safety of the workers.

"Our workers work in close proximity to the travel lane, if you have got 2 lane road and one is closed they are going to be within 3 to 4 feet of your car working, and that is another reason to slow down," says Solomon.

He says yesterday's horrific accident could have been prevented.

"Workers want to go home to their families at the same time they want drivers and motorists to go home to their families," says Solomon.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen last night for three drivers. Janice Potts of Ocilla, Dale Couey of Willacoochee, and Theodolphus Harris of Deland, Florida were killed in that Irwin County crash.

Solomon says that even though drivers are required to slow down to a speed of 45 miles per hour in a construction zone, that doesn't mean you cant drive even slower.

Marcus Boatwright was driving the tractor trailer that troopers say caused yesterday's crash.

No charges have been filed yet as the GSP investigation continues.

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